Starting the game of golf is daunting for most people for various reasons. One of which is where to start in terms of golf equipment. It’s obvious that Beginners Golf Clubs are the answer, but we’re here to help you learn more about each and every club in the bag and actually get started!
There are 14 golf clubs you’re allowed in a full set and the most common breakdown in Beginner’s Golf Clubs are as follows:
• 3 Wood
• 5 Wood
• 3 – 9 iron
• Pitching Wedge
• Sand Wedge
• Lob Wedge
There are a number of other clubs that you could put into the set instead of those mentioned above. Clubs such as a 7 wood; a 2, 3 or 4 hybrid; a 1 or 2 iron but generally you’d rather stick to the above-mentioned breakdown.
In terms of shafts, drivers and fairway woods have graphite shafts 99% of the time and as a beginner that is an absolute must. Iron sets usually have steel shafts, but if you’d like graphite shafts they will be slightly more expensive, but will be lighter and therefore marginally easier to strike.
Let’s get into the detail for each of the golf clubs in a beginners set.
This is the biggest, longest and most exciting club in any golfer’s bag – especially for beginners. The driver is also the most expensive single club you can purchase. There are a number of factors to consider when purchasing a driver, but as a beginner you’re going to be looking for a driver with loft of 10 or 11 degrees in order to help get the ball into the air easier. You’re also going to opt for a regular shaft rather than a stiff or extra stiff shaft. Again this will aid a higher trajectory and help you get off to a good start each hole.
Most drivers nowadays are close to 460cc’s, but if you do see a driver that has a head capacity lower than that then steer clear. The bigger the clubhead (within legal limit) the better as it will improve your chances of striking the ball out the center of the clubface.
3 Wood & 5 Wood (Fairway Woods)
You’re going to be hitting a lot of fairway woods when beginning the game of golf – that is for sure. Generally when starting the game you’ll find you don’t quite strike your driver consistently well enough and will therefore leave yourself further from the target than anticipated. That’ll be on longer Par 4’s or Par 5’s where you pull out the fairway wood.
The 3 wood has a loft of between 14 – 16 degrees and has a fairly low clubhead profile in order to assist a better strike and higher trajectory. The 5 wood has a loft of between 18 – 20 degrees and goes higher, but flies shorter than the 3 wood. Again as per driver, regular shafts are recommended. Opt for fairly large clubheads to help improve ball striking and consistency.
A standard set of irons has 9 irons. These will include a 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Pitching Wedge and Sand Wedge. For better golfers and professionals there are options of a 1 iron or 2 iron but these are an absolute no-no for beginners. They are just too difficult to hit. Even the low irons (3 and 4) are tricky to hit due to the narrow sole and low loft, but beginners’ sets have wider soles for the long irons as well as an offset hosel to help you strike the golf ball better.
Just to clarify – offset means that when looking down from the aerial position the shaft is positioned ahead of the actual clubface in order to increase loft at impact without you having to manipulate anything. Offset irons assist tremendously in terms of producing higher trajectory.
The mid and short irons have more loft with fairly large clubface surface area so are not too difficult to strike.
The Sand Wedge is primarily aimed at only being used out of bunkers, but you can also use it elsewhere depending on distance and lie obviously. Sand wedges and lob wedges can be tricky to use off certain surfaces so choose wedges with a high bounce and a minor cavity in the rear of the clubhead. As your game improves you’ll be able to progress to a more blade type sand wedge and lob wedge.
This is where every beginner should start the game. Putting. Regardless of playing ability, this is the most level playing ground for all abilities and there is a demand on feel, direction and accuracy rather than distance.
Putters are available in a various models and styles being traditional blade or mallet. Within each of these two primary styles of putter there are hundreds of variations. To keep it simple – opt for a mallet putter. These are large and offer additional alignment aids and markings in order to help you be more accurate on both long and short putts. Practice this area of the game the most and your golf will improve tremendously.
This article was contributed to the PlayYourCourse blog by Golf Guide for Beginners (#GGFB) – The Web’s Best Golf For Beginners Guide!